Industry Week in Review – September 26, 2014

Boeing enhanced its footprint in Africa this week, as the company announced it received an Ethiopian Airlines order worth $2.1 billion. The deal, which is for 20 737 Max 8 aircraft and includes an option to buy an additional 15 737 Max 8s, is the largest order the aircraft manufacturer has received from an African based airline to date.

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Trending: Shorter Duration Contract Awards

On recent earnings calls over the past few weeks, several Government Technology Solutions companies, including Booz Allen Hamilton (“Booz”), ManTech International (“ManTech”), and Science Applications International Corporation (“SAIC”) discussed the current contracting environment and more specifically a trend towards shorter-duration contract awards.

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Industry Week in Review – September 19, 2014

Airbus Group has announced that after a detailed and comprehensive portfolio assessment, it will divest some of its subsidiaries and business units within its defense and space division. These divestitures will include Fairchild Controls, Rostock System-Technik, AvDef, ESG, and Atlas Elektronik.

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Army Intelligence RFI Signals Near-Term Opportunity for Contractors

On August 13th, the U.S. Army released the first of several planned Requests for Information (“RFI”) for its Distributed Common Ground System – Army (“DCGS-A”) Increment 2 contract, a successor contract to the current DCGS-A program. DCGS-A is a key U.S. Army intelligence program tasked with collecting, analyzing, and disseminating intelligence information over a common enterprise system, in order to better enable decision-makers to respond to events with greater speed and effectiveness.

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Industry Week in Review – September 12, 2014

Earlier this week, Ryanair entered into an agreement with Boeing to purchase as many as 200 jets from the company’s 737 Max family. The Irish-based discount carrier announced an order for 100 of the Max 200 models, with an option to acquire up to 100 more.

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Industry Week in Review – September 5, 2014

General Dynamics secured a contract to deliver 589 of the company’s Scout Specialist Vehicles to the British Army beginning in 2017. The $5.76 billion contract is the Ministry of Defense’s largest order for armored vehicles in roughly 30 years, illustrating the government’s commitment to modernize its military capabilities.

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Opportunity and Insight from T4NG

On July 28th, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (“VA”) issued the long-awaited RFI for its Transformation Twenty-One Total Technology (“T4”) Next Generation (“NG”) contract to provide IT products and services.  T4NG will replace the original T4 multiple award contract that expires in June 2016.  With awards expected to be announced in late 2015 and [...]

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Industry Week in Review – August 29, 2014

On August 25th, Boeing Co. won an $8.8 billion order from BOC Aviation Pte (“BOC”), the Singapore-based aircraft leasing arm of Bank of China Ltd. The order, consisting of 82 planes including 50 upgraded 737 Max 8s, 30 737-800s, and two wide-body 777-300ERs, is indicative of the company’s efforts to meet surging travel demand throughout Asia.

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